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Burglary Victim: "He was there the whole time"

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Edgemon reliving the encounter. Edgemon reliving the encounter.

ATHENS, TN. (WRCB) -- A would-be thief picked the wrong house to break into.

Kenny Edgemon has joined the police academy. He's a soldier with military training, and he's 6'5.

Edgemon discovered his home had been burglarized, and then came face to face with the suspect, who is bruised and behind bars Wednesday night.

Kenny Edgemon returned early Tuesday morning, to find his home ransacked.

"Stuff was scattered around more than normal, kitchen cabinets were open," he says. "At first I was like, ‘I don't remember leaving the house like this'."

Edgemon says quickly he realized he had been robbed of his PlayStation 3, iPad, and watches. Even his kitchen cabinets were empty.

Edgemon called police, who took a report, gathered some evidence and left.

The 28-year-old soldier decided he would leave, too. But before he did, he went looking for a pair of shoes.

"I went down, looked under the bed, and I saw him," Edgemon says.

He came face-to-face with 47-year-old Kevin Cranfield.

"His eyes were huge," Edgemon says. "He looked like he freaked out. When I pulled the mattress and box springs away, he was going for the corner, trying to get away from me."

A scuffle left Cranfield bloody and Edgemon with gash in his arm.

"I just reacted, just instinct I guess," Edgemon says. "Me, the police, everyone who was here, we all walked through the house, in this room. He was there the whole time."

Cranfield surrendered and led police to the stolen items, but Edgemon says his accomplice is still out there.

"I came back from the hospital and it (his favorite watch) was laying on my front steps with my iPad charger," Edgemon says. "I didn't even know it was gone. There was somebody else I guess."

Edgemon is changing the locks, but doesn't expect Cranfield's buddy to come back.

"Don't come to my house, or if you do come to my house, make sure I'm here," says Edgemon.

Police found the stolen items in a nearby yard, and say Cranfield returned to the home to likely take a television. They believe he entered through an unlocked door.

He faces two counts of aggravated burglary.

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